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Writers hire a professional editor for many reasons. First, a professional editor offers a fresh pair of eyes and a new, objective perspective. Secondly, editors help develop and perfect your project. Thirdly, they make you look great by correcting mistakes and applying rules of grammar you may have overlooked. Lastly, a professional editor offers suggestions that impact your readers, but aim to help you maintain your voice.
As a professional editor, I walk you through various stages of the publishing process. Depending on your level of need, I’ll help you choose the type of editing and assistance required as you prepare your manuscript for publication. Moreover, I will encourage you through the journey to help it be as stress-free as possible.
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There are varying levels of editing and publishing needs, each with a different fee. In fact, understanding some of the terminology may seem confusing. On this page, I identify the types of editing with which I can assist you. I hope that you find it helpful. The fees that I charge per service are based on the standard rates set by the Editorial Freelancers Association. Please, feel free to email me with any questions! Hollydmurray@gmail.com
This first level of editing informs the writer about what general concepts work and which may not. It assists the editor in knowing what kind of editing the writer is going to need. The writer and editor know if they are a good fit for one another based on the feedback and responses of the assessment. I require an assessment before taking on any project. I reserve the right to choose not to work on a project for whatever personal reason, expressed or not.
Developmental editing assists with reorganization, cutting, sequencing, plot flow, transitions, point-of-view, and other big-picture questions. The editor looks at the overall structure of the early draft. An outline guides the developmental edit if the draft hasn’t yet been written.
Content editing occurs when the editor makes a significant contribution to the content. This editing may include assisting with finding citations for the writer. Further, a content editor may create content, rewrite content, or add content that was omitted.
Often called line editing, copy editing goes line by line looking for errors. There are varying degrees of copy editing, from light to heavy, depending on the kinds of errors found. Copy editing makes certain that the work adheres to the desired style and corrects punctuation, grammar, spelling, clarity, and consistency. Pricing varies depending on the heaviness of the correction needed. Most documents need copy editing more than once as the writer makes recommended adjustments.
Proof reading usually occurs during the final drafting. The editor checks for style and any errors that may have been overlooked in previous edits. Proof reading also double checks for formatting errors. The reader usually does this with a printed copy.
To perform a cold read, the reader is new to the piece. Alternatively, the reader takes a few weeks rest from the project to gain a fresh perspective. A cold read checks for any errors that a reader might notice, including typos, duplicate or missing words, and spelling errors. Cold reads focus on prominent errors rather than style, flow, or punctuation. It is best done with a printed copy.
An executive editor (also known as an editorial director or project manager) walks the writer through each stage of the publishing process, but may not actually edit the manuscript. Executive editors work one-on-one with the writer answering questions about the process until the writer completes the project. The executive editor gives estimations on time remaining, sets project goals, and may even assist with set up of accounts or registering for a copyright. The projects I’ve managed, I have also edited, guiding the writer through to a final, published product.
Co-authoring (also known as ghost writing) occurs when the author hires out the majority of the writing.
Transcription occurs when an author records (audio or handwritten) the manuscript and hires out the typing of the product.